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Law firm Ashfords LLP was delighted to sponsor the inaugural Tech South West Awards ceremony held at the Mercure Rougemont Hotel, Exeter on 27 November 2019, where business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and organisations came together from across the region.
Tech South West works with the likes of Tech Exeter, Digital Plymouth, TechSPARK, Software Cornwall, Digital Northern Devon, Engine Shed and Digital Taunton to help ‘join the dots’ around the region, showcase the sector’s many successes and help support the talent pool.
Artificial soil, ultrasound that creates the sensation of touch in mid-air, and a safety at sea app were amongst the ground-breaking tech honoured at this year’s Tech South West Awards. WebMate, Tech Nation and BT were three of the main organisations to help fund the awards to celebrate and showcase the best ‘tech in the west’.
TDK-Lambda, based in Devon, won the prestigious Tech Company of the Year (revenue over £5m) Award, with car tech innovators DeGould, of Exeter, winning Tech Company of the Year (revenue up to £5m).
Bristol-based Ultraleap, which has raised £35m in funding this year for its ultrasound technology, won the Innovation Award and Best Scale-up Award.
Falmouth Launchpad won the People’s Choice Award, with nominations on Twitter before a live vote at the awards’ ceremony. Cornwall’s Email Hippo secured the International Success Award.
Best Start-up Award went to People Matter Technology, for their wellness tech for healthier and more sustainable workplaces. The Tech Research Award went to the University of Plymouth FABSOIL project and EXiST won the Commitment to Diversity Award. The Sustainable Tech Award went to PyroCore, based in Portishead, with Bluefruit Software, in Redruth, winning Best Tech Workplace.
Ashfords, nationally recognised for the quality of their tech expertise and sector knowledge, was proud to be a drinks sponsor of this renown event, helping support and celebrate the region’s fastest-growing sector.
Ashfords’ Head of Tech, Chris Dyson commented: "We were delighted to sponsor the first ever Tech South West Awards and support the region’s tech community. It was wonderful to see so many great companies come together to support this initiative - congratulations to all the worthy winners.”
Dan Pritchard, co-founder of Tech South West, said: “Technology is key to our future success as a region. Across the sector there’s determination and innovation in abundance. Of course there are challenges, but underpinning it all is an incredible passion for the power of tech to do good and change the world for the better.”
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